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JUNIORS: Under-18's defeated despite impressive ECB Cup campaign


Anish Pandalkar was in fine form for the Under-14's, hitting a half-century against Surrey

Sussex’s Under 18’s have been in vibrant form over a short but intense Royal London ECB 50 Over Cup competition, but were defeated on Sunday as they visited Essex.

The team travelled to the beautiful setting of Billericay Cricket Club knowing that a win would see them through to the semi-final.

Essex won the toss and after deciding to bat on a flat and docile pitch, they made 283 from their 50 overs. Sussex paceman and skipper Nick Smith took a couple of important wickets, whilst spinner Abdullah Nazir claimed 1 for 44 from his ten overs.

The game was always in the balance chasing a stiff total. Louis Storey batted beautifully for a 48 runs but the remainder of the Sussex top-order failed to capitalise on good starts. Jo Walker (53 not out) and Mason Robinson (28 not out) made sure that the game ended in an exciting fashion but the visitors fell 50 runs short.

Academy Manager Carl Hopkinson said, “It’s been a good ECB Cup campaign with some of the younger squad members being exposed to very competitive cricket. It would of been fantastic to progress to the semi-final but it’s not to be this season.”

Our Under-18’s now move on to ECB Championship three-day action later in the season.

Meanwhile Sussex’s Under-14’s, under the guidance of manager Phil Hudson, impressed in their first of eight Royal London Under-14 ECB Cup matches, at Trinity Mid Whitgiftians Surrey last Thursday.

After being asked to bat, Sussex made a stuttering start with early wickets falling. But opener Anish Padalker fought his way to a very nice half-century as the team made 170 from their allotted overs.

In response the Surrey openers got off to a great start, putting on 100 for the first wicket. Sussex kept their patience though, and were rewarded with four quick wickets, but Surrey held their nerve to sneak home.

Hudson said, “The team fought all the way today, which was very pleasing. Our young spinners bowled very well. We hope that this squad can now go on to secure some wins in this group.”

Roffey Second XI player Padalker explained , “With us losing a few quick wickets it was a case of getting my head down and working hard. As an opener you have to do that and I was pleased to secure my maiden competitive half-century for Sussex.”

Report by Colin Bowman

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